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BET Orders New Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil 'Entourage'-Like Pilot For Diggy Simmons To Star

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 20, 2012 9:53 PM
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It was just Friday when BET revealed that Kelly Rowland had signed up to star in a comedy pilot exec-produced by The Bernie Mac Show's Warren Hutcherson, and written and co-executive produced by Julian Breece. 

Lennie James' Hard-Hitting, Cat-And-Mouse BBC Thriller 'Line Of Duty' Heading To Hulu For US Auds

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 20, 2012 8:56 PM
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Great news! The new Lennie James BBC2 police drama series, titled Line Of Duty, is heading to USA shores, and a lot sooner than I expected.

Preview: Doc 'The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 20, 2012 8:39 PM
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Screening at the New York Film Festival this October as part of the fest's "On The Arts" Special Events, the Swing-era feature documentary The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America, follows the short life of drummer Chick Webb, who suffered from Spinal Tuberculosis since he was a child, as he built the hottest American Jazz orchestra based at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, NY.

As Vampire Super-Soldier Comic 'Bloodstrike' Heads To Big Screen, Who Should Play Chapel?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 20, 2012 8:07 PM
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More comic book adaptation mania... here's another, titled Bloodstrike, a 1993 publication from Rob Liefeld (creator of Deadpool, Cable and X-Force) who launched Image Comics in 1992, with the debut of the popular Youngblood franchise, which has gone on to sell 70 million copies worldwide. He's also worked for Marvel.

Katt Williams Returns With 'Kattpacalypse' Premiering August 25th, On Showtime

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 20, 2012 7:01 PM
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Via press release from Showtime (preview clip underneath)...

Psychological Thriller 'Desordres' ('Chaos') Gets A Trailer (Isaach De Bankolé, Sonia Rolland Star)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 20, 2012 6:37 PM
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Here's your first look at a psychological thriller we've been following since last fall - Désordres (Chaos), starring Isaach De Bankolé and French-Rwandan actress Sonia Rolland, as history professor Vincent, and his wife Marie who have just moved from Paris (with their son) into a farm near a small town in the south of France, looking forward to a quieter life. Marie, a retired renowned international pianist unwillingly follows her husband. From the very beginning, Thibaut, one of Vincent’s students (played by Niels Schneider), disrupts their family getaway, and slowly, the couple starts to come apart.

Preview 'No No: A Dockumentary' (Legend Of Dock Ellis, LSD No-Hitters, Hair Curlers & Beaning Batters)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 20, 2012 5:59 PM
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I believe it was 3 years ago that we featured a short film based on this very subject - Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No, which was based on a colorful recording by former baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, describing how he pitched a no-hitter in 1970 while under the influence of LSD. Ellis, for his part, became an anti-drug crusader before he passed a few years ago.

Trailer: NYILFF's Best Domestic Feature 'Under My Nails' (Woman Obsessed w/ Neighbors' Violent Sex Life)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 20, 2012 5:57 PM
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The winner of the Best Domestic Feature at this month's New York International Latino Film Festival, the erotic thriller Under My Nails, is directed by Ari Manuel Cruz from a screenplay penned by lead actress Kisha Tikina Burgos, and produced by Cruz, Burgos, Andrei Nemcik (editor) and Enrique Julia. 
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First Official Photo Of Forest Whitaker As Eugene Allen / Cecil Gaines In 'The Butler'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 20, 2012 5:04 PM
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Nothing too special here, especially as we've already seen a few unofficial on-set pics of the cast between takes and such.

The Thought Of Buying 'Rewrite' Rights To Classic Black Literature... (A Quick Thought On Remakes)

  • By Malcolm Woodard
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  • August 20, 2012 4:43 PM
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I figured I'd write something "lighter" as my second S&A piece (my first post, which I made on Friday, titled In Defining 'Quality Black Cinema,' Whose Lens Are You Looking Through?, can be read HERE, along with all the througtful comments that follow).

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